Carla Hinton
Features Religion Editor

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide variety of news, including social services, transportation, minority affairs and Oklahoma City Hall.



Hinton also serves as assistant editor and editor of the local news section for several years, but she is perhaps best known as The Oklahoman's religion editor, a post she has held since June 2002. She has enjoyed learning about the many different world religions in her role as religion editor and doesn't consider it a bad thing when colleagues refer to her as "the church lady."



Career highlights have included meeting renowned evangelist Billy Graham and covering local reaction to the election of a new pope after the death of Pope John Paul II. In her spare time, Hinton enjoys reading suspense novels (ala James Patterson), watching HGTV shows and keeping up with the activities of her two grown sons and (almost grown) daughter


  • First Baptist of Moore will celebrate 125 years

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    First Baptist Church of Moore became known as a beacon of hope after a massive tornado barreled its way through the Oklahoma community. The Rev. Kevin Clarkson said the church will celebrate its 125th anniversary July 5.

  • Okarche priest moves step closer to sainthood

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    A Vatican commission has recognized the Rev. Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma priest, as a martyr. This brings him a step closer to Roman Catholic sainthood, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City leaders said Thursday. Rother was killed July 28, 1981, in Guatemala.

  • See Falls Creek evening worship service live tonight

    Carla Hinton | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

      DAVIS — Falls Creek Baptist Conference is broadcasting a live worship service via a live stream channel at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 24. “Even though Week 4 of summer camp (June 22-26) was suspended, the spiritual impact of Falls Creek continues,” Andy Harrison, Falls Creek program director, said in a news release. Harrison […]

  • Christian camp leader leaves legacy of life without limits

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editorchinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    James Wheeler, executive director of Central Christian Camp and Conference Center in Guthrie, Oklahoma, died June 15 after suffering two strokes. He was 37.

  • Oklahomans have prayer vigil for Charleston, S.C., church victims

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    A prayer service Sunday at Avery Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1425 N Kelham, Oklahoma City, drew about 250 people to offer prayers for the Charleston, S.C., community reeling from the June 17 massacre at a historic black church.

  • Faith Notes: Weekend June 20-21

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Here are several faith-themed events planned for the weekend:   Saturday, June 20   “Praise in the Stadium” continues through 9 p.m. at Douglass High School’s Moses F. Miller Stadium, 900 Martin Luther King Ave. The event is hosted by Secret Place Community Church, Good News Festival with Franklin Graham and Burn 24-7. Organizers said local […]

  • Boot camp by the Book: Oklahoma City church offers summer program with military-style approach

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Operation Truth Boot Camp at Greater Cleaves Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City is a summer program that combines faith themes with a military-style approach. It recently hosted 57 young people ages 5 to 18.

  • OKC community prayer vigil for Charleston, S.C., set for Sunday, June 21

    Carla Hinton | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    An Oklahoma City Community Prayer Vigil for Charleston, S.C., will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 21 at Avery Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1425 N Kelham. The church’s senior pastor is the Rev. D. Lavel Crawford (pictured). A flier and Facebook promotion about the event said all communities of faith are invited to attend. […]

  • Three in Oklahoma to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Three Oklahoma men will be ordained to the Catholic priesthood on June 27.

  • Oklahoma City preacher leads street corner initiative aimed at curbing violence

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com  | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    A northeast Oklahoma City preacher is taking to the street corners to help curb violence in his part of town. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, senior pastor of East Sixth Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), said his new initiative called Occupy the Corner-OKC is aimed at raising awareness about increased violence, particularly gun violence, during the summer months in local neighborhoods.

  • Young Oklahoma Muslims discuss leadership, effects of 'Islamaphobia'

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    The Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium at Oklahoma City University was hosted by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

  • Baptist leaders cancel next Falls Creek youth camp session

    Carla Hinton | Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    DAVIS — The June 22-26 session of Falls Creek youth camp has been canceled due to flooding in the Turner Falls area, Baptist leaders said. Officials with Falls Creek Baptist Camp & Conference Center near Davis said the upcoming camp session will not take place due to continued infrastructure challenges.  “We regret to announce that […]

  • Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, started today, June 18. It is one of the five pillars, or obligations, of Islam. Many Muslims around the world abstain from food, drink and sensual pleasures from dawn to sunset during the month, which commemorates the divine revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad. In majority-Muslim countries, […]

  • Falls Creek youth camp session is ending early due to rising Washita River

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    DAVIS — The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma said Wednesday campers are being released early from the Week 3 session of Falls Creek youth camp in response to infrastructure challenges from the massive rainfall in the Turner Falls area. Brian Hobbs, the convention’s communication’s director and spokesman for Falls Creek, said “Our leaders have carefully […]

  • Falls Creek staff took safety precautions Wednesday due to flooding

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Thousands of campers have been gathering together each night at a popular Baptist youth camp in the Turner Falls area, but the worship meeting was canceled on Wednesday due to flood waters. Brian Hobbs, communications director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, said staff members at Falls Creek Baptist Camp & Conference Center asked […]

  • Death penalty opponents to host forum Thursday, June 18

    Carla Hinton | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    As part of an upcoming campaign to defeat State Question 776, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (OK-CADP) will host a forum on “Mass Incarceration and the Death Penalty,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at First Unitarian Church, 600 NW 13. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is presented by Restoring […]

  • Oklahoma angle: State Baptists also affirm anti-same-sex marriage stance

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editorchinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    At least one leader of Oklahoma's Southern Baptists said he wasn't surprised by the stance of convention President Ronnie Floyd that he would not officiate at a same-sex union.

  • Skyline Urban Ministry has new executive director

    Carla Hinton | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    The Rev. Deborah Ingraham is the new executive director of Skyline Urban Ministries, a social service agency affiliated with the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Ingraham has been in the news lately because she was senior pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church. The Epworth congregation recently held its last service in the […]

  • Youths spread God's love ... and lots of paint in northwest Oklahoma City

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com  | Updated: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    The Love OKC Student Conference community service project came to northwest Oklahoma City this week, with participants cleaning and painting in the name of service.

  • Happy trails: Oklahoma youths find adventure at day camp offered by faith-based Scouts-like group

    By Carla Hinton Religion Editor chinton@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    About 75 Oklahoma City-area boys and girls spent a week rediscovering the outdoors at a recent day camp hosted Trail Life USA and American Heritage Girls, two faith-based Scouts-like groups. Trail Life has several affiliates in Oklahoma.




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Carla Hinton Fri, Jul. 24 2015 06:00:41 PM CST I'm walking in to the Women of Faith conference at the Cox Convention Center. Conference starts at 7 but there are plenty of women here now.
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Carla Hinton Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:22:17 PM CST RT @Blake_Gideon: @robinmarsh9 ..If they are successful in removing the 10 Commandments from State Capitol, we will take them at EFBC and d…
Carla Hinton Sun, Jun. 28 2015 08:13:12 PM CST I'm at an Oklahoma lake with photographer @sarahcphipps. She's preparing to take great photos as usual. Story coming. http://t.co/s2VVlKYu8b
Carla Hinton Sat, Jun. 27 2015 09:38:51 PM CST RT @brianbuettner: Congratulations to my newly ordained brothers, Fr. Aaron Foshee (@ajfoshee), Fr. Daniel Grover, and… https://t.co/UHGhXi…

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